How to Add a Website to Your Chromebook Shelf

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This article is only intended for users running the Google Chrome operating system.

By default, the bar found at the bottom of your Chromebook screen contains shortcut icons to some of the most commonly used apps, such as the Chrome browser or Gmail. Known as the taskbar on Windows machines or the dock on Macs, Google refers to it as the Chrome OS Shelf.

Apps aren't the only shortcuts that can be added to your Shelf, however, as Chrome OS provides the ability to place shortcuts to your favorite websites there as well.

These additions can be made via the browser and this tutorial walks you through the process.

  1. If it is not already open, launch your Chrome browser.
  2. With the browser open, navigate to the Web page that you wish to add to your Chrome OS Shelf.
  3. Click on the Chrome menu button – represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window.
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your mouse cursor over the More tools option. A sub-menu should now appear to the left or right of this option, depending on the positioning of your browser.
  5. Click Add to shelfThe Add to shelf dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. The website's icon will be visible, along with a description of the active site/page. This description is editable, should you wish to modify it before adding the shortcut to your Shelf.

You'll also notice an option, accompanied by a checkbox, labeled Open as window.

When checked, your Shelf shortcut will always open this Web page in a new Chrome window, as opposed to in a new tab.

Once you are satisfied with your settings, click Add. Your new shortcut should be immediately visible in your Chrome OS Shelf. To delete this shortcut at any time, simply select it with your mouse and drag it to your Chrome OS desktop.